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New in 2020

The PACER Project:  Post-Acute COVID-19 Exercise & Rehabilitation Project

Hello colleagues, I am proud to have been invited to develop a PowerPoint video for the APTA in response to the COVID pandemic (PACER Project).  A core group of cardiopulmonary specialists were asked by the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section to make videos in their area of expertise to help PTs anticipate the needs of COVID survivors of mod/severe cases.  Speed was of the essence!  PTs across the globe are asking for help yesterday!

My lecture was posted 4/21/20.  Check it out and share with PTs who may need help with COVID patients!!!

The videos are FREE for all PTs!

(Hashtags: #cvpPT, #PACERproject, #vitalsareVITAL, #covid19)

The PACER Project:  Post-Acute COVID-19 Exercise & Rehabilitation Project

Description:  The sheer number of cases and novelty of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) presents a challenge to physical therapy practitioners who do not deem themselves “experts” in cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP) physical therapy.  The PACER Project is an initiative of multiple APTA sections/academies to help administrators and practitioners quickly ramp up proficiency in CVP-PT.  Additionally, the clients with COVID-19 likely to need physical therapy services are the elderly and/or those who possess chronic health issues, such as diabetes, COPD, hypertension, and coronary heart disease, making rehabilitation courses more complicated. This lecture series is not intended to take place of individual institutional competency training, but rather serve as an adjunct to other training.

Posted Topics/Courses and authors: 

  1. Posture & Breathing: Linking them together post-COVID19  –  Mary Massery
  2. Geriatric Considerations  –   Suzanne Greenwalt
  3. Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Examination  – Morgan Johanson
  4. Pediatric Considerations  –   Ashley Parish
  5. Vital Signs, Exercise Prescription, Oxygen devices –  Ellen Hillegass
  6. Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Anatomy & Physiology – Steve Tepper
  7. Covid-19 Specific Physical Therapist Considerations – Heidi Engel
  8. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)  –  Patricia Ohtake & Jim Smith
  9. Chest PT & Other Airway Clearance Techniques – Annie Downs
  10. Outpatient Pulmonary Therapy  –  Pam Bartlo & Naomi Bauer

Future Topics/Courses and authors

  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Medications –  Michael Tevald & John Lowman
  • Inspiratory Muscle Training  –   Larry Cahalin
  • Blood-Flow Restriction Training  –  Johnny Owens & Larry Cahalin
  • Cardiopulmonary Outcome Measures –  Kristin Lefebvre
  • Home Health Considerations  –   Melissa Bednarek & Ken Miller
  • Music Therapy   –    Donna Frownfelter

APTA Cardiopulmonary Section – YouTube

The Section has a 40-year history of promotion and advancement of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy practice, education and research. 


See Mary’s interview with “ThinkTechHawaii” host Christine Lynders, PT of “Movement Matters:” Part 1:  4/21/20

Christine Lynders (left) is a private practice orthopedic PT in Hawaii who hosts a show called “Movement Matters” on “ThinkTech Hawaii, Inc.,” a Hawaii nonprofit corporation dedicated to raising public awareness and providing a platform for civic engagement.  We sat down for a 28 minute interview (socially distant by 5,000 miles 😊) to talk about breathing, posture, COVID-19, and how I became an expert in breathing dysfunction.  See the interview on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/mrOyjqhjI7E

Part 2 (recorded on May 5th): https://youtu.be/x20OrvLCEFU

Part 3 scheduled to be videotaped May 19th


Mary Massery is the featured speaker in the Wired Collective’s “spotlight on excellence” series…

THE WIRED COLLECTIVE is a premium online membership for pediatric PTs and OTs who want to bring innovative practice into their everyday clinical work. We use technology to connect, learn, support and mentor a growing international community of clinicians who are passionate about bringing creative, innovative and effective therapy approaches to the kids they work with.

SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE

Every year, The Wired Collective invites clinicians who are thought leaders and experts in the field of Neuromotor Rehabilitation to join us in our collective for a deep dive into their work. Over 3 – 4 months we focus on providing actionable strategies that help our members implement the ideas and concepts into their everyday clinical work. We do this through laser focused coaching sessions with videos and discussions of real case studies from members in our collective, accountability groups (our Progress Pods) and live Q&As. We also take time to dig into the research and stay up to date with the evidence base by connecting with academics who are knee deep in our topics of interest.

We are so excited to have Mary Massery as our first Spotlight on Excellence guest for 2020 and we wanted to offer therapists who are interested in Mary’s approach a special opportunity to join our Wired Collective and take advantage of this opportunity to focus on consolidating the theory into their clinical practice over the next few months. If you’re interested in doing a deep dive into Mary Massery’s work and joining The Wired Collective as a member (at Mary Massery special of 2019 rates), jump on the waitlist now and we’ll get you sorted —>  bit.ly/WiredCollectiveWaitlist 


Wellspring Magazine: April 2019

See the powerful article that Shiffy Friedman wrote about a child that was touched by Mary Massery in a huge way (pun intended). Published in the April 2019 issue of Wellspring Magazine.  Following the article, Shiffy interviews Mary and her faculty member Nechama Karman.

Wellspring Magazine April 2019. MM & NK interviews



Podcast 2019: Mary Massery: Bridging systems in pediatric PT

Listen to a podcast interview with Mary Massery on Mindy Silva’s “wired on development” website. Wired on development’s mission is to “connect and update the collective knowledge and skills of brilliant pediatric physical and occupational therapists online so we can work together to help more amazing kids develop their potential.”

Podcast: bit.ly/wiredOnMaryMassery.
Or via iTunes or Stitcher radio

Dr. Mary Massery

We talk about multi-disciplinary and we talk about being wholistic therapists that see the whole child, but Dr. Mary Massery lives and breathes these concepts (excuse the pun). Mary Massery is probably most well known for her soda pop can theory of postural stability and in our interview, I was expecting to focus on breathing and core – and we did a lot of that – but that’s just a starting point. Mary has a formidable and impressive reputation as a thought leader in physical therapy and it is well deserved. She is an international key note speaker, an academic and a practicing clinician who fully intends to keep practicing after she turns 100, which is a good thing for the rest of us and all the clients she works with! I was hugely excited to interview Mary for a wired on Podcast and I was not disappointed. You won’t be either – you are going to love this interview – enjoy!


“PT PINTCAST” with Jimmy McKay

Listen to Jimmy’s lively podcasts with Mary Massery. BYO pint! ?

I Survived, Now What?! with Mary Massery

by Jimmy McKay | Jun 5, 2019 | blogPT Pintcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts |…

https://www.ptpintcast.com/2019/06/05/i-survived-now-what-with-mary-massery/

If you can’t breathe, you can’t function, with Mary Massery

by Jimmy McKay | Aug 21, 2017 | PT Pintcast |

https://www.ptpintcast.com/2017/08/21/if-you-cant-breathe-you-cant-function-with-mary-massery/